"Concerned with the General Welfare of the Deaf of Iowa"

Updated July 4, 2017


Vivian Joyce Barker

February 17, 1931—January 25, 2017

Vivian Joyce Barker, of Odenton, MD, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, from complications due to a stroke. She was born in Callaway, Nebraska, but spent much of her childhood in Hyannis, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd Barker and Edith Morrell, her stepfather, Robert Morrell, and her brothers, Donald and Charles Barker. She is survived by her sister, Maxine Dockendorff, and her three children, Deborah Smith McNerney, J. Robert Smith (Laurie), and Conrad E. Smith (Dottie). She is also survived by twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 

Vivian attended Nebraska School for the Deaf and graduated from the school in 1951.  She then attended Gallaudet University where she was a member of Phi Kappa Zeta sorority. She graduated from Gallaudet University in 1956 with a degree in library science. After graduation, she married Fletcher J. Smith, Jr. and raised a family in Bowie, MD. After some time, she returned to work at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School as a media specialist. After retirement, Vivian moved to Salem, OR and spent many wonderful years with Royal Teets and his children, Joi Teets Scheele and Stan Teets. She returned to Maryland in 2013 to be closer to her family who enjoyed precious last years with her.

After losing her hearing at a young age, in adulthood she became an active participant and advocate in the deaf community. In October, she was able to attend her 60th college reunion at Gallaudet. 

Memorial Service to be held at Belcroft Bible Church, 13000 Beechtree Lane, Bowie, MD 20715 at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gallaudet University, Office of Development, EMG Memorial Building, 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-3695.

Virginia Joyce Barker, 85, of Maryland, passed away on January 25, 2017. 

She attended Nebraska School for the Deaf and graduated in 1951.  She was a teacher/librarian at Model Secondary School for the Deaf until her retirement.

Thanks to Robert E. Evans Funeral Home, Bowie, MD. and Shirley Meyer for the information.